Bujuku - Mubuku - Day 5 - Gutted

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Friday, February 3, 2006

5km - 900ft ascent - 3000ft descent

Woke up to a fantastic blue sky. I was a bit gutted as I had decided at the start of my hike not to climb Margarita (16,763ft) mainly due to the $250 extra, not enough warm weather gear and the fact that most of the time it was covered in cloud. Days like this one don't come often in the Rwenzoris. Luke who I'd been with for the first 3.5 days had left yesterday along with the Americans to climb it. I was chuffed for him yet a little jealous.

I soon cheered up on the way up to the 14,000ft Fresh Field Pass when I realized I had a whole 6 months off work, during which time I had a whole load of exciting things to do in Africa, one of which I was in the middle of and I had a fantastic girlfriend whom I would soon be meeting in south Africa. Besides it was such a glorious day how could I be gloomy. Plenty of photo opportunities on the way to the pass.

We could also see all the way down to the Congo. I say see, but from 14,000ft up all we could see was a sort of haze way down low.

From the pass we gradually dropped down east again back into the clouds. The terrain was varied from slabs of rock to more bog. This made things pretty tricky, imagine trying to keep upright and trying not to fall to your death on a slab of rock with and inch of mud on the soles of your boots! By the end of the day I'd just about had enough bog to last me for a long while.

Passed by a beautiful arched waterfall named Kabamba just before reaching the Guy Yeoman hut. Probably the toughest day, but what a corker and no rain again!

Most of the days so far had been short distance wise but it had worked out well as the going was hard and it also meant we got to camp for 2ish just before any afternoon showers in most cases.

Opened the corned beef and served it up on crackers for a late lunch, to be honest it tasted like what I'd imagine dog meat to taste of, and certainly wasn't up to Fray Bentos - with a label saying 40% meat what did I expect!

Watched a couple of blue tailed monkeys in the trees behind camp before joining the guides for dinner. I think they were short on charcoal and could only manage one fire this evening.
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